William Bronson wrote: I would put the trees in the unclaimed portion of your garden area. It's fenced so that's half the battle right there.
Since you plan on bucking the trees into rounds, consider using the rounds as stepping stones/mulch.
Maybe you should get fewer trees, but invest in irrigation bags for the ones you do get. I believe they are reusable so you can save yourself considerable amount of labor over the course of years
Kamaar Taliaferro wrote:Do you have the time to intensively manage the fruit trees you plant?
You mentioned the area is fenced. Can you use the fence as a trellis, and espalier/cordon the fruit trees? For cordons, the key is to use "spur-bearing" varieties, as opposed to "tip bearing" ones.
I saw a back-to-eden style garden tour on a youtube video, and the gentleman had planted various apples throughout his veggie garden. He even planted potatoes directly underneath their canopy. I think the key to his success was the, approximately, 33 foot layer of broken down wood chips he had built up; and that he pruned his trees with an open center which allowed a lot of light to reach the veggies underneath.
Is grafting an option for you? That could open up a few more possibilities.
Kat Ostby wrote:I noticed an unanswered question and thought I'd answer that...and throw in my 2 cents about multi species grafts.
Zones are the permaculture concept of space around your house. The closer the Zone is to the house the more intensivesly it is likely to be used and the lower the number. Hence you wouldn't want a zone 2 veggie garden out in zone 7 (the back 40) where it is unlilely to get the care it needs.
Also while I really appreciate the theory of multi species grafts I have read quite a few stories of the different growth habits of the varieties grafted causing problems. Problems like the more vigorous of the varieties starting to take over and needing to be pruned back much harder than the other resulting in much less fruit set...just something more to consider.
I see you said you ordered, did you end up getting nut trees too? I'm just curious, I got hazelnut bushes a couple years ago...and was thinking about looking for some more nut trees/shrubs this year.